INEC Frowns at Infractions as Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections Approach

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) expressed disapproval of various infractions committed by political parties ahead of the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States. With the Edo State governorship election scheduled for September 21, 2024, and the Ondo State governorship election set for November 16, 2024, INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu emphasized the need for adherence to proposed dates and modes of primaries to avoid disruptions and unnecessary litigation.

During the first regular quarterly consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja, Yakubu highlighted concerns regarding acrimonious primaries, the emergence of multiple candidates, and frequent changes in primary schedules. He urged political parties to adhere strictly to their proposed dates and modes of primaries to ensure certainty and optimal deployment of resources.

Yakubu addressed the issue of incomplete nominations, noting that only six parties contesting the Edo governorship poll have uploaded their nominations to the portal, while 16 out of 19 parties have indicated interest in running for the Ondo governorship poll. He warned that no extension of the deadline would be granted, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the published timetable and schedule of activities.

Meanwhile, Yusuf Dantalle, the National Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), pledged proactive engagement to ensure the success of the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections. He stressed the importance of strict adherence to internal party democracy in the nomination of candidates to reduce pre-election litigation.


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